Like many collegians with term papers due, legislators and the governor need to finish their most high-profile assignment with just a little time left: putting together a state budget for the 2018-19 biennium that totals somewhere in the $45 billion to $46 billion range.
To get ‘er done by the constitutional adjournment date of May 22, patience may no longer be a virtue. A lot of caffeine will probably help, too.
Critical of the pace of negotiations with Gov. Mark Dayton following a brief back-and-forth of budget offers and meetings behind closed doors, Republican legislative leaders late Monday opted to have House and Senate conference committees quickly finish their work before floor votes on five conference committee reports.
The governor ultimately vetoed those on Friday. Other budget bills have yet to make it to his desk.
Also yet to be finalized, but not required, is a bonding bill — none was passed last year. Real ID compliance also needs to be resolved, otherwise Minnesota IDs won’t be accepted for commercial air travel beginning next year.
Before looking ahead to next week let’s take a look at what you may have missed this week.
Check out the latest gallery from House Photography and stay up-to-date on House news and updates throughout the week at Session Daily.
Agriculture omnibus finance bill repassed by House
Agriculture conferees reach agreement
As promised, Gov. Dayton vetoes five omnibus budget bills
Gov. Dayton to veto budget bills, resume negotiations next week
Governor, legislative leaders reach critical crossroads in budget negotiations
BUSINESS AND COMMERCE
House passes update to individual item retail price labeling
Auto dealers seek more leverage in their relationship with manufacturers
Insurance fraud investigators get a boost under bill OK’d by House
Education finance bill moves to Senate after House repassage
Omnibus retirement bill gaining committee approval aims to stabilize public pension plans
With few changes, omnibus jobs and energy panel OKs conference report
House moves to make fixes to unemployment insurance law
Omnibus lands bill receives overwhelming House support
House votes to pass omnibus environment bill
Conferees agree on omnibus environment bill
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
APRNs could be required to complete graduate courses for licensing
House sends governor bill to allow medical assistants to perform more duties
Technical change could clarify protection of some medical titles
Telemedicine defined in bill headed for governor
Omnibus health and human services bill heads for Dayton’s desk
HHS committee report signed, awaits House discussion
Limits for Medical Assistance estate recovery may be updated
House votes to require state strategic plan to end spread of HIV/AIDS
House repasses bill to help physicians practice in other states
Health Department official updates House committee on measles outbreak
House passes eye drop prescription refill mandate for health plans
Changes to CNA training reimbursement could increase access
‘Clean-up’ bill for state-run Joint Underwriters Association goes to governor
Higher education funding gets conference committee approval
Minnesota Index: Post-secondary education
Rules that hike home construction costs could get legislative review
Amended housing moratorium restrictions get House OK, go to governor
Evening hours may not be required of county license bureaus
MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS
House votes to honor soldiers’ sacrifice with highway designations
Tampering with cop car could become felony crime
Majority of conferees OK public safety report, send to House, Senate
House acts to limit or ban payouts to departing admin officials
State government budget bill repassed by House
State government conferees sign report, bill now primed for floor action
House approves $35K in medical claims for eight injured people
Full House backs revisor’s fixes
Charitable gambling has nonprofits betting on legislative change
House votes to scratch outdated lottery provision, amend agency’s pension adjustments
Tax bill conference committee report passed by House, heads to Senate
Omnibus tax bill ready for House Floor
Maximum weight for milk trucks would increase under bill given House OK
Transportation bill with boost in highway dollars — and without deep transit cuts — heads to Senate
License plates to memorialize law enforcement officers gets House OK
'A very successful session?' Or, 'a debacle?' The reviews are mixed in the immediate aftermath of the 2018 session.
Introduced in March 2017 by Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein (DFL-New Brighton) and Sen. Carolyn Laine (DFL-Columbia Heights), HF2470/SF2259, aims to stop the cycle of opioid misuse and addiction through education.
The conference committee tasked with hammering out the differences that divide the House and Senate on a laundry list of major issues met for the first time Tuesday afternoon.
Republican legislative majority offers mixed reactions to proposed tax system overhauls and DMV fixes.
The latest numbers are a $517 million swing from the November forecast
The state’s latest economic forecast projects a budget deficit of $188 million for the current two-year biennium, and a $586 million deficit for the 2020-21 biennium
The budget process explained — and why it matters